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The Cisco Systems facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina hosted North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue Wednesday, March 21 as she called for additional state education funding.
In a speech detailing North Carolina’s success in attracting high technology firms, Perdue said an educated local workforce is “how we became the right location for Cisco – a name brand that’s synonymous with innovation and ambition.”
The Governor used her speech to decry reductions in the North Carolina state education budget that came after a sales tax cut imposed last year by the General Assembly. She announced a proposal to reverse much of that reduction, with the added revenue channeled to schools and teachers.
“[U]nless they reverse the deep and unnecessary cuts they made to schools,” she said, “we won’t be in position to prepare our children to compete in the 21st century global economy.
“We’ve made too much progress to stop now.”
Perdue also toured the Cisco facility and saw a demo of Cisco videoconferencing technology used in distance learning applications. She was escorted by Steve Winterbottom, Vice President, Information Technology, Video Technology Group and Tricia Willoughby, Executive Director of the North Carolina Business Committee.
“I’m here at Cisco because this company represents the concrete returns you get from investing in education,” said the Governor.
Cisco employs more than 5,000 people in North Carolina and opened a new $100 million data center there in 2011.

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